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3 Things You Can Do To Take Your Career To New Heights In 2019

There’s a lot to be said for the “new year, new you” mentality. But do you really need a “new you”?

Isn’t that a case of throwing a perfectly healthy baby out with a little bathwater? Surely, it’s far better to march proudly into 2019 as the same old you… but better.

There are many ways in which people seek to improve themselves and their lot in life when a new year comes around. They seek to get into healthier dietary and lifestyle habits. They learn new skills, languages and artforms. And, perhaps most importantly, they resolve to find new directions in which to take their careers and form healthier career habits even as they clean up their diets. If you feel that your career needs a shot in the arm in 2019 here are some ways in which you can do it…

Join a recruitment agency

If you’ve been hunting for the job that will breathe new life into your career for some time, you’ll know that it can be a stressful and time consuming enterprise. There’s nothing quite like the frustration of spending your lunch breaks surreptitiously searching through job ads on your phone and robbing yourself of some much needed downtime. Joining a recruitment agency can take a great deal of the legwork out of finding the perfect job. The great thing about these agencies is that many of them focus on a specific industry; for example A & S Recruitment have a specific emphasis on shipping, transportation and logistics. This helps to ensure that the agency only puts you forward for jobs which are relevant to your training, experience and passion. Moreover, recruitment agencies will be able to package you in a way that makes you more appealing to employers, giving your application more appeal than if you were flying solo.

Attend networking events

That old saying is still true. What you know matters… But who you know matters more. It can be extremely difficult to make an impression on the person with the potential to unlock the next step in your career when to them you’re just another name on another CV on a giant pile. Networking events, however, give you an opportunity to get your name and your face out there. It gives key players in your industry a better idea of who you are, where your skills lie and how you could benefit their enterprises.

When attending a networking event, however, it’s vitally important that you compose yourself in a certain way. While your instincts may be screaming at you to sell yourself, they really are just meet and greet events. They are not an opportunity for you to launch a sales pitch. Instead, try and start building contacts and follow them up later via email to keep yourself in the minds of key players without seeming pushy.

Start a side hustle

Job hunting still getting you nowhere? When life stops presenting you with opportunities, it’s up to you to start creating your own. Use whatever free time you have to start a business or creative endeavour that shows employers that you have pluck, initiative and a proactive mindset. If your side hustle pertains to your industry and career, great. If it’s just something that you do to scratch a creative itch or make a little extra money, that’s fine too!

If there’s one thing you can’t afford to do in 2019 it’s rest on your laurels!

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